Govt explains DV leave policy after criticism
DOMESTIC violence perpetrators will only qualify for leave from work if they seek professional help, the Queensland Government says.
A spokesperson for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) yesterday condemned domestic violence following a statement by Bundaberg MP David Batt and his Burnett counterpart Stephen Bennett, who attacked the government's domestic violence policy.
The policy would see perpetrators access up to 10 days of leave a year.
The NewsMail approached Ms Palaszczuk after Mr Bennett said "it's hard to comprehend how any government can be so completely out of touch as to give this leave to 'wife bashers.'"
The Premier's spokesperson said Labor would not tolerate domestic violence of any kind.
"The leave - an Australian first - was designed for victims of domestic and family violence," the spokesman said.
"The Premier and other ministers made it plain in Parliament last week that the government wants one thing: for men to stop bashing their wives, partners and children."
The spokesperson said the leave could only be accessed when seeking help.
"If a man has exhausted all other leave, and if he is attending a recognised program he can ask to be considered for leave," he said.
"It is not available for court dates or for any other reason.
"Quentin Bryce's Not Now, Not Ever report recommends men should seek help to stop the cycle of violence.
"As the Premier told the house: 'Let me be clear, any Queensland Government employee convicted of an indictable offence would be subject to disciplinary action.'"
"We want to stop men hurting women and children."